State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores) voted against a measure that blocks permanent income tax rollbacks that Michigan taxpayers need and deserve.
House Bill 4001 was introduced by Democrats to prevent the permanent income tax rollbacks put in place by Republicans in 2015 that were set to take effect this year.
Prior to the vote, VanWoerkom, who serves as Republican vice chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, planned to deliver a speech on the House floor in defense of the workers he represents, but the Democrat majority denied Republican representatives the chance to speak against their plan.
“I represent the voices of workers and small business owners throughout Muskegon and Ottawa County who will be denied tax savings under the Democrats’ plan – those people deserved to have their voices heard before the Legislature voted today,” VanWoerkom said. “This bill is a ploy to distract Michigan workers with one-time rebates when in reality, the plan costs taxpayers in the long run by blocking the permanent, ongoing tax rollback they were owed this year.”
The legislator said the people he represents have made it clear that a one-time $180 rebate as proposed under HB 4001 will do little to help improve their financial positions, and that what they want is to keep more of their paycheck each week.
VanWoerkom also criticized the plan for not going far enough to help seniors in the face of rising costs. House Republicans introduced a plan last month that would increase deductions on all income for seniors 67 and older – while developing new exemptions for retirement income for seniors ages 62 to 66 – but those proposals were not incorporated into the legislation that Democrats advanced today.
Despite VanWoerkom’s opposition, the bill was approved and advanced to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. VanWoerkom voted against the state budget proposal brought forth by House Democrats Wednesday, which he said drains the state’s multibillion-dollar surplus, creates new, unnecessary programs, and neglects the most essential needs in Michigan communities.
A bill introduced by Rep. Greg VanWoerkom (R-Norton Shores) protecting victims who are providing their impact statements during the justice process, was approved today by the state House.
Presently, a victim that is physically or emotionally unable to make an impact statement may designate an adult to do so on their behalf, but the victim must still be present in the courtroom to make a personal statement. This can require victims to relive what is often a traumatic event in the presence of their abuser. By appearing remotely, a victim of domestic or sexual violence can share their impact statement from somewhere that is safe and away from their abuser.
Rep. Greg VanWoerkom’s plan to provide crucial tax cuts for small businesses throughout Michigan is now state law.
House Bill 4054, now Public Act 30 of 2023, amends the state tax code to clarify that equipment used for industrial processing to produce aggregate materials such as gravel, sand, recycled concrete and other critical construction materials is exempt from sales and use tax.